Rejoice! The Year upon Its Way

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1 Rejoice! the year upon its way
has brought again this blessèd day
when on the chosen of the Lord
the Holy Spirit was outpoured.

2 That morning a rushing noise
came like the tempest's sudden voice
and mingled with th'apostles' pryer
proclaimed aloud that God was there.

3 On each the fire descending stood
in quiv'ring tongues’ similitude;
from out the Father's light it came
that beautiful and holy flame.

4 To all in ev'ry tongue they spoke;
amazement in the crowd awoke,
who mocked, as overcome with wine,
those who were filled with power divine.

5 As then, O Lord, thou didst fulfill
each holy heart to do thy will,
so now do thou our sins forgive,
and make the world in peace to live.

6 To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, praise be done;
may Christ the Lord upon us pour
the Spirit’s gift forevermore.

Source: Rejoice in the Lord #372

Translator: R. Ellis Roberts

Roberts, Richard Ellis, was born in London, Feb. 26, 1879, and now (1906) is a journalist, &c, residing at Dorchester, Oxon. He contributed four translations to The English Hymnal,1906. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

Author: Hilary of Poitiers

Hilary, Hilarius Pictaviensis, Saint, Bishop, and, according to St. Augustine, "the Illustrious Doctor of all the Churches," was born of heathen parents of an illustrious family and great wealth, at Poictiers early in the fourth century. He received, as a heathen, an excellent classical education, so that St. Jerome says of him that he "was brought up in the pompous school of Gaul, yet had culled the flowers of Grecian science, and became the Rhone of Latin eloquence." Early in life he married, and had a daughter named Abra, Afra, or Apra. About 350 he renounced, in company with his wife and daughter, the Pagan religion of his family, and became a devout and devoted Christian. After his baptism he so gained the respect and love of his fello… Go to person page >

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First Line: Rejoice! The year upon its way
Title: Rejoice! The Year upon Its Way
Latin Title: Beata nobis gaudia
Translator: R. Ellis Roberts
Author: Hilary of Poitiers
Source: Latin c. 4th century
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #581a
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